CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Grayson Downing, Zac Dalpe, Kurtis Gabriel and Teemu Pulkkinen scored goals as the Iowa Wild defeated the Cleveland Monsters, 4-2, Monday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Monsters (24-21-2-4) are 1-3-0-0 on a seven-game trip. They were coming off a 2-0 victory over the Wild on Sunday afternoon.
The Wild led, 1-0, after one period. At 17:39, center Downing converted a penalty shot for his seventh. Downing patiently approached and switched from backhand to forehand in order to beat goalie Brad Thiessen.
The Wild made it 2-0 at 13:11 of the second. Winger Dalpe's snapper in transition zipped over Thiessen's Vdcasino left shoulder, banged off the crossbar and fell in the cage (No. 2).
Less than two minutes later, the Monsters pulled within 2-1. Defenseman Blake Siebenaler's redirect past goalie Alex Stalock (No. 3) was assisted by Marc-Andre Bergeron and John Ramage. Akim Aliu's entry provided the genesis of the opportunity.
At 13:47 of the third period, forward Gabriel capitalized on a Monsters defensive breakdown by crashing the net and flicking the puck around Thiessen's right toe (No. 7).
The Monsters refused to fold. They cut the deficit to 3-2 at 15:37 when winger Alex Petan beat Stalock unassisted (No. 2).
Winger Pulkkinen bagged an empty netter in the final minute (No. 18).
The Monsters play the Chicago Wolves on Wednesday afternoon.
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